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NUCAFE: National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises

Jeff Miller addresses a group of employees and member of NUCAFE

Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Personally, I would argue that a small group is typically organized and led by one person. Here in Uganda, I found the one.

To be fair, I have been in Uganda three days and I could say this about any number of the remarkable social entrepreneurs I’ve met, but Joseph Nkandu embodies that more than most. Philanthropist Jeff Miller, the namesake of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, noted in his remarks at a brief ceremony at the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises, always abbreviated NUCAFE, that most people lack the ambition to dream of doing what Joseph has done: remake a national industry.

NUCAFE hosted the NACoRi(National Coffee Research Institute) Team at the factory in Namanve to give them an induction of the processes that will be done at

The former minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Gerald Ssendaula, has received the vocational service award from the Rotary Club of Kyengera.

Ssendaula was honoured during the fellowship of the Rotarians at Rose Gardens, Kyengera (in Wakiso district), on Friday.

Our coffee growing plan needs revisionOne of the factors that slow down our country’s agricultural progress is disrespect for agricultural research. Almost 30 years ago, plant breeders under the National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) identified six Robusta coffee clones that are very high yielding and which had the most desired bean size.

They propagated plantlets from them by cloning and multiplied them over the years. The government encouraged farmers to grow them as the quickest way to increase yields and to fight poverty.

Nonetheless Uganda’s annual coffee production has stagnated at about 3 million 60kg-bags for nearly 20 years mainly due to the incurable Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD), delay by farmers to resort to high yielding cloned coffee plantlets, and discouragingly low coffee prices.

The National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) is to market Uganda’s coffee in the Unites States.

The move is intended to boost the visibility of Uganda’s coffee in the world’s most powerful country.

This follows a match-making meeting between Nucafe executive director Joseph Nkandu and US investors in agribusiness value addition, including Chromatic Coffee and Seva Coffee, held in Silicon Valley, California,

recently.

said though the Government targets to export 20 million bags of coffee by 2020, insufficient marketing of the commodity in key consuming countries like the US could hamper its plan.

Nucafe to promote Uganda’s coffee in US
Nucafe's Joseph Nkandu showing off Uganda’s coffee beans to international and Ugandan entrepreneurs during an exhibition in the US recently

“Uganda’s coffee is not known in key coffee consuming countries like the US. Our coffee is just used as a blend, but we want to change this trend and start having it on the shelves in the US,” Nkandu said in an interview recently.

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